The Artist's Magazine Annual Art Competition is now open for entries. Artists have five categories available in which to enter original artwork in hopes of snagging one of several prizes.
Want a chance to see your work in The Artist's Magazine? Now is your chance! The deadline for submissions is April 2, 2012. Click here for more details.
Looking for something fun to do with your Thursday night? Head to Laguna Beach for First Thursdays Art Walk, 6-9 PM!
Enjoy artist demonstrations, exhibition openings, music, and more.
The 17th Annual LA Art Show kicks off Wednesday night with the Opening Night Premier Party, benefiting The Art of Elysium and the education department at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Hosted by David Arquette, this is an evening that celebrates creativity, diversity, and charity. You can learn more and purchase your tickets to this exciting event here.
The LA Art Show runs Thursday, January 19 through Sunday, January 22 and unites top galleries from around the world, with daring and innovative work from contemporary artists and thinkers. With a focus on the immediate past, as well as modern trends for the present and future, the show exhibits performance pieces, mixed media, photography, painting, and more.
Learn more by visiting the LA Art Show website at: http://www.laartshow.com/index_laas.html.
Opening the doors of acclaimed museums around the world to anyone with Internet access
After 18 months of collaborating with some of the world’s most highly acclaimed art museums, the search engine giant Google unveiled Art Project yesterday. Not only does this new website allow visitors to view more than a thousand artworks in high resolution, but it allows them to take virtual tours of the participating museums, as well.
Art lovers will no longer have to travel to New York City to peruse the halls of its Metropolitan Museum of Art; they will no longer need to plan an excursion to Europe to see the Palace of Versailles or Amsterdam’s van Gogh Museum. With the click of a mouse and an Internet connection, anyone can admire the classic, famous, and awe-inspiring works of art contained within the walls of these museums.
Guests can travel from room to room inside the 17 featured museums and galleries using Google’s Street View technology. Unfortunately, some of the works of art are blurred for copyright reasons, and images of other works are less than clear, even when the virtual guest is “standing” right in front of them.
But use the site’s View Artwork option, and many of the works can be viewed in high resolution, with the ability to zoom in to see fine details—even brush strokes. With another click of the mouse, a visitor can learn the history behind and media used to create any particular piece, along with viewing notes, size, and other important specifications.
Is zooming in and out of a high-resolution image of a painting on your computer screen any match to physically standing before it and taking it in? Maybe not. But some may argue that it’s better than never seeing it at all.
Art Project Head, Amit Sood, stated in a press release that the collaborators hope the new site “will be a fascinating resource for art-lovers, students, and casual museum goers alike—inspiring them to one day visit the real thing.”Visit: http://www.googleartproject.com/
The Bedroom is just one of 30 pieces from the van Gogh Museum that can be viewed in high resolution.
Nathan Rohlander works on a portrait of his father for his upcoming book, Drawing: The Head
, which will hit shelves in February. Nathan used Dura-Lar, a frosted plastic material that comes off a roll and is cut to size, for this piece. He said this smooth, toothless support “is very archival and a wonderful surface to work with.” To see more of Nathans work visit his website at http://www.rohlander.com/NPR/Home.html
September 25, World Peace Day, marks the opening of The Peace Project
—an international art competition and exhibit that challenged artists to demonstrate their visions of peace in an effort to connect peace-minded people the world over. The project is the most recent effort of an online artists’ community, The Whole 9, to bring people together in the name of making the world a better place. Proceeds from sales of donated artwork will go toward helping victims of war in Sierra Leone.
The show opens at Gallery 9 in Culver City, California, and will run through November 6. The exhibit can also be viewed for one night only in San Francisco on November 9, and in New York on September 30.
This piece, drawn by Nathan Rohlander with graphite on paper, has been selected for The Peace Project and will be on display at gallery9. It was a spontaneous drawing of his wife and child. He stumbled upon them in this position and said “Honey, please stay there as long as possible, I need to draw this.” He described this moment as being so harmonious that it filled him with love, a sense of well being, and peace.
You don?t have to be a professional artist to participate in The Sketchbook Project. Everyone who submits their art will have it displayed in museums and galleries across the country in the spring of 2011. Don?t worry, there is still plenty of time to sign up and get started on your sketchbook!
The idea behind Brooklyn-based Art House Co-op?s annual project is to eventually create a massive library of contemporary art for the public to view. ?In the meantime, the sketchbooks they are soliciting from creative people all around the world will go on tour.
Here?s how it works: Go to the Art House Co-op?s Website
and select a theme for your journal. Themes range from ?Things found on restaurant napkins? and ?Make mine a double,? to ?Help!? and ?Sleepless.? After paying a fee of $25, the co-op will send you a moleskin journal for you to fill with art and alter any way you like. The journal must remain its original size, but pages can be replaced with thicker paper, the cover can be cut up and altered, and things can pop out of it as long as they are able to fold back down. The possibilities are endless.
Each book will have a barcode on it, which is the only portion that cannot be altered. Participants will be able to track how many people look at their book and be able to locate it in the Brooklyn Art Library. The co-op will be filming the exhibits for those who don?t live near any of the tour?s destinations. Participants will be able to go online and look watch how people attending the exhibits are interacting with their books.
To participate you must sign up by October 31, 2010 and have your journal postmarked by January 15, 2011.
2011 Tour Schedule:
Brooklyn, NY: February 19-27
Austin, TX: March 12
Atlanta, GA: April 8-9th
Portland, ME: April
Chicago, IL: May
Seattle, WA: June 10-12
San Francisco: June 18
Women have made tremendous contributions to the world of art over the centuries, but their names in history are not nearly as well known as those of Monet, Picasso and other famous male artists. The Long Beach Museum of Art in Long Beach, California, has one of the largest collections of works by women in the nation—almost 25 percent of its inventory. The average American museum devotes only six percent of its collection to female artists.
Several prestigious museums across the United States are currently featuring the works of women in their 2010 exhibits, providing wonderful opportunities for the art enthusiast to see both contemporary and historical art created by women.
The Long Beach Museum of Art is ending its 60thanniversary celebration with A Light in the Shadow—Decades of Art by Women. The exhibit will feature 60 works of art by women from the museum’s permanent collection. The exhibit will run through January 2, 2011.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City ran its first women-artists-only exhibit in 1995 when a female photographer was in charge of an “Artist’s Choice” series. The demographic of the museum has changed dramatically since then. The MoMA is currently running two exhibitions featuring female artists—one, through March 21, 2011, titled Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography and Mind and Matter: Alternative Abstractions, 1940 to Now, which runs through August 16, 2010.
The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia, will be exhibiting Women of Chrysler: A 400-Year Celebration of the Arts through July 18, 2010. Admission to this show—featuring paintings, sculptures, photographs, silver works and more—is free.
You can go to the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C., anytime to see more than 3,000 works of art by women in its permanent collection. This summer NMWA is featuring several female artists, with works ranging from those of contemporary artists to the engravings of a fifteenth century French woman. The NMWA is the only museum in the world that shows the work of female artists exclusively.
Lee Bontecou. Welded steel, porcelain, wire mesh, canvas, wire, and grommets. 2010 Lee Bontecou. Currently on display at the MoMA.
Over Father’s Day weekend, Pasadena, California, set the Guinness World Record for the Largest Display of Chalk Pavement Art during its 18th annual chalk festival. More than 600 artists worked together to create 179 chalk murals on a background of cement. The street-fair attracted more than 100,000 visitors who looked on as artists made use of 38,000 sticks of pastel chalk.
As someone who only thinks of jumping through a sidewalk with Mary Poppins when chalk art is mentioned, I was intrigued by this event. Is chalk art really that popular and what are people doing with it? After a little online research I was surprised to find so many artists who use chalk as their medium of choice.
One artist in particular grabbed my attention: Julian Beever. He has become famous for his artwork, which appears to jump out of the sidewalk at you, or descend beneath your feet. Photographs taken of people interacting with his work make the drawings appear to be three-dimensional. From one side, his creations look like stretched out drawings, but when viewed from the correct angle—it’s magic. Sidewalks all over the world have served as canvases for Beever’s work.
Julian Beever’s Swimming-Pool in the High Street.
Go to http://users.skynet.be/J.Beever/pave.htm
to see more.
Other street artists use 3-D effects as well. Tracy Lee Stum, who holds the record for the largest street painting by an individual, often does commissioned works for advertisers, events, and other sectors. To see some samples of her work, go to www.tracyleestum.com
Salt Lake City, Utah, also held its annual Chalk Art Festival last weekend, with more than 100 artists and 20,000 visitors. If you want to attend one of these events there will be many more this summer. Check your local listings and remember to bring a camera!
What’s better than free wine and food, live music, and free transportation all while you look at local art? Not much. Some call the First Thursday Art Walk in Laguna Beach, California, one of Orange County’s best-kept secrets. On the first Thursday of every month, from 6p.m. to 9p.m., galleries citywide open their doors to artists and art lovers alike, offering them snacks and drinks as they take in the works of area artists.
Art-walkers can check out more than 30 galleries and museums as they stroll around Laguna Beach, a city known for its affinity for fine art and its beautiful beaches, during this monthly self-guided tour. A free shuttle is available to transport people along the Pacific Coast Highway and down Laguna Canyon Road.
At tonight's art walk, the Festival of Arts will introduce Out-of-the-Blue, the Art-To-Go collection for 2010 at City Hall during a preshow at 5p.m. It asks that spectators wear blue to support the theme. To find out more about First Thursdays Art Walk Laguna Beach, go to http://www.firstthursdaysartwalk.com/
112 W. Wilshire Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92832
Dates: December 4-27, 2009
Opening reception: Friday, December 4, 2009, from 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Mark Mothersbaugh is the frontman of the band DEVO, which is widely known and respected as one of the most important bands to emerge from the ’70s and ’80s. Starting with their debut LP in 1978, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
, the band continued to release nearly 20 albums over the next 20 years. They punctured the mainstream with their c. 1980 hit Whip It. Through their films, videos, costumes, LP covers, stage shows, and printed materials, Mark and DEVO forever altered commonly held preconceptions of how a rock bank should function in popular culture. Mark has scored a number of television shows and films, including Pee Wee’s Playhouse TV show, The Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Welcome to Collinwood, Rugrats: The Movie
, and Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic
with Steve Zissou.
During his downtime on early worldwide tours, Mark Mothersbaugh began illustrating on postcards to send to his friends and family. He has been creating these cards every day for more than 30 years. It’s an obsessive habit/hobby that still yields anywhere from one to a couple dozen new postcard-sized images per day. For RUGS! RUGS! RUGS!, Mark has transferred images from his Postcard Diaries onto large rugs. Mark has exhibited his artwork in galleries around the United States and the world, most recently with his HOMEFRONT INVASION (2003) and BEAUTIFUL MUTANTS (2004) gallery tours.
Check out Mark Mothersbaugh’s art and music on his website at www.mutatovisual.com